New Opening Date for Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in The Bahamas Set!

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The much anticipated and much delayed Baha Mar project in The Bahamas looks like it is finally opening! The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has announced on their Facebook page that they will begin accepting reservations tomorrow, April 21st, for stays beginning May 29, 2017! For those looking to use Hyatt points, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar is listed as a Category 5 property that will be 20,000 points per night. We won’t know what paid rates will look like until they…

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Fly to Scotland for Less Than $500 From Houston and Atlanta

Doesn't Edinburgh just look like a movie set?! #nofilter

Right now you can book tickets on a mix of British Airways and American Airlines operated flights from Houston or Atlanta to Edinburgh, Scotland from about $490 round trip! I know those in some parts of the country have gotten used to sub-$500 flash sales to Europe, but here in Houston we often aren’t included in those great deals, or at least we can’t usually use those sales to get to the United Kingdom. I found the low fares bookable…

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Limited Time: Four Day Disney World Ticket From $74/Day


Disney World is expensive, so saving money on Disney World simply makes it less expensive, not inexpensive. That said, right now you can stack two deals to drop the price of adult Disney World tickets to about $74 per day on a four day ticket, which is probably as low as you can realistically hope for on a per day basis unless you are buying a really long ticket or hold an annual pass and are going into the parks…

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How to Easily Use Up Small Gift Card Balances

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If you are like me, you end up with various gift cards because of promotional deals, offers, or just good opportunities to earn miles and points. I’m not super deep into the world of gift cards by any stretch, but I usually have a few at any given time for various reasons. I have a very sophisticated way to keep track of these gift cards consisting of plastic baggies in a top secret drawer. This central location means I don’t…

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United Basic Economy Fares Now Live on a Variety of Routes

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United’s Basic Economy fares were already reality on select routes out of Minneapolis, but they seem to have now spread this morning without any corresponding announcement from United. I mean, why not slip that in under the radar with all the leggingsgate and bumpgate insanity?! While doing some flight searches today from Houston to Orlando I found Basic Economy tickets for sale for flights beginning May 9, 2017. I then conducted more searches and found this to be the case…

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Plan Now to Save on Disney Not So Scary Halloween Events!


Disney World is special pretty much 365 days a year, but on a few nights per year the special quotient is upped even higher via some themed holiday events that take place at The Magic Kingdom. Two of these annual special events are Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not surprisingly, these are pretty popular events so planning ahead is even more crucial than normal. We enjoyed the heck out of Mickey’s Not So…

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Picking a Credit Card With an Introductory 0% APR


From racking up the rewards to having built-in purchase protections in case something breaks or goes on sale, there are lots of really good reasons to pay for everyday things like groceries, gas, doctor’s appointments, new shoes, and more with credit cards. I usually recommend only switching from a cash/debit card budgeting system to one that relies heavily on rewards earning credit cards if you are sure it won’t cause you to spend more than you otherwise would, and you pay…

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Fly for Less on New Spirit Airlines Routes!


Spirit Airlines may not be a fancy carrier (is there such thing as a fancy US carrier?!), but they sure do offer some solid deals for those who want to hit the skies, so I get pretty excited when they start up new routes. Not only does Spirit offer some very affordable flights when paying with cash, but their award program really can be amazing for the right type of budget traveler with flexibility…aka my parents who fly Spirit more than any other…

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Get Your Tax Day 2017 Freebies and Discounts!

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As I’m sure you know, today is Tax Day here in the US of A. If you have waited this late to file (as we have), I’m going to go out on a limb and guess this isn’t your favorite day of the year. A few companies are hoping to brighten up your day a bit by offering free or cheap treats. You could indulge in a 1/2 price Sonic cheeseburger for lunch, follow it up with a free Great…

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Use Your 100,000 Hilton Points to Stay at These All-Inclusive Properties!

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Travel using miles and points is amazing, but it is rarely actually “free”, even if parts of the trip are indeed free or very close to it. Normally, even if you book your flights on miles and your hotel on points you are still looking at real costs for food, activities, and potentially even kid’s clubs or babysitting if you splurge. However, if you use your points to stay at all inclusive properties then you really can stretch just how…

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